Note: This page is for pitcher Tim Collins; for the Great Britain national team infielder, click here.
Timothy Michael Collins
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 5' 7", Weight 155 lb.
- High School Worcester Technical High School
- Debut March 31, 2011
Tim Collins is a short left-handed pitcher who was included in two major trades in two weeks in July of 2010. He made his major league debut on Opening Day in 2011.
Collins was undrafted out of high school and was ready to attend the Community College of Rhode Island, but fellow Worcester, MA native and Toronto Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi saw Collins pitch and had him work out for the club. The Blue Jays signed the pitcher and he made his pro debut in 2007.
From 2007 to 2010, Collins, who stands only 5' 7", pitched in the Jays' organization, being used exclusively as a reliever. On July 14, 2010 he was traded to the Atlanta Braves with shortstop Alex Gonzalez and Tyler Pastornicky in return for Yunel Escobar and Jo-Jo Reyes. He had a 1-0, 2.51 record with 9 saves in 35 games for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the AA Eastern League at the time of the trade. Two weeks later, the Braves sent him to the Kansas City Royals at the trading deadline on July 31st, as part of the deal that brought P Kyle Farnsworth and OF Rick Ankiel to Atlanta in return for OF Gregor Blanco and P Jesse Chavez.
Collins made the Royals' staff in spring training of 2011 and made his debut on Opening Day, March 31st, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He pitched a scoreless 9th inning as the third Royals reliever to make his debut that day: Aaron Crow and Nathan Adcock had preceded him on the mound in relief of Luke Hochevar, and all three pitched well, not giving up a run in 3 1/3 innings. He earned his first major league win on April 3rd after pitching 3 innings of scoreless relief in a 12-9 win over the Angels. He posted a solid 3.63 ERA in 68 games as a rookie, with a record of 4-4. In 2012, he pitched another 72 games, went 5-4 and had a 3.36 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 69 2/3 innings. he then had his third consecutive solid season in 2013 when he pitched 66 times and ended up at 3-6, 3.54. Those three years were spent with uncompetitive Royals' teams who finished well out of the postseason race, although there were signs of improvement in 2013. The following year, the Royals played a lot better, and Tim had a 4.15 ERA after 18 games, when an injury sidelined him from mid-June to September. He came back to pitch four times in the second half of September, with no record and an ERA of 2.45. He got play in the postseason for the first time, pitching once in the Division Series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and three times in the World Series facing the San Francisco Giants, giving yup 2 runs in 5 2/3 innings over the four appearances.
Collins missed the Royals' run to a Championship in 2015 as his season never got underway. He had to undergo [[Tommy John surgery]¸on March 11th and missed the entire season. However, the Royals did re-sign him for one year following their World Series triumph.